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#aprèsride: helmet and cap hair

The bonce-protecting helmet and simple wind-chill-beating cap may be essential in your riding wardrobe, but they also cause hair havoc.

Everyone's in the same boat at cafe stops, sharing the dreaded hat dent ring. But a pre-park ride before a big meeting with a bunch of non-cyclists already jealous of your #outsideisfree outlook on the world?

Here's how to fix it helmet hair woes post ride.

1. Dry Shampoo

Apply a dab of dry shampoo onto your roots before you ride. It absorbs moisture if your head gets too hot and maintains volume in the roots. Try Trevor Sorbie Dry Shampoo.

2. Loose braid

Avoid poker-straight hair styles if you plan a big ride before making a grand entrance. A loose braid keeps locks tidy and creates a soft wave when released.

3. Fly-aways tamed

Keep a travel sized can of hair spray on you. Spray onto your hands and lightly run over fly-aways or rubbing a dab of argan oil through your hair before riding can prevent frizz if you have dry hair.

In a rush to get to your desk? Damp hair is a no no. If it dries naturally under your cap, you'll end up with flat, frizzy locks.

Try this DIY Hairstyle - Side Braid BunBraid hair

1. Spray a small amount of dry shampoo all over the roots and brush through. This also helps provide grip when braiding hair.

2. Find a deep part to one side to start the braid. Take a one-inch section from the hairline and start your three-strand braid from the part.

3. Braid a regular French braid to the nape of the neck on the opposite side from the part (secure the rest of the hair into a low ponytail).

4. Secure fly-aways by spraying a bit of hairspray into a brush and brush the hair into a low ponytail.

5. Secure the ponytail into a messy bun. You can do this by looping pieces and bobby pinning, overlapping and hiding the pins as much as possible.

Side French braid

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